“Lifetime Supply” is a live graphic novel; a play supplemented by projected images and animation, that tells the story of Hannah, our isolated protagonist, as she collects a lifetime supply of Acai-Berry supplements in her basement to win back the heart of the man she loves.
When faced with a brutal rejection, Hannah attempts to commit suicide by swallowing all of the pills. Instead of killing her, however, the pills imbue Hannah with powers beyond her wildest imagination as the basement transforms into a jungle landscape of which Hannah is Queen. Plunging into an ocean of Acai, Hannah discovers a world beyond the dark secrets of her past.
Hannah is played by four performers; a different performer takes over each time Hannah makes a life-altering choice, exploring the idea that our choices define us. “Lifetime Supply” looks at the ways we cope with trauma by rebuilding our world from the inside out; the creation and rebirth that so often result from loss.
This evening at Glasshouse ArtLifeLab will explore the most challenging design moments from "Lifetime Supply" when story and design (both costume + illustrated/ animated moments) intersect. Get an in-process glimpse of a project that incorporates visual and performance elements to transcend time, space, and identity.
Sarah Todes (Playwright, Hannah 2) is a graduate of NYU Tisch through Playwrights Horizons and The Atlantic Theater Company. She is the founder of Neon Caviar, a production company dedicated to creating jobs for women creating non-traditional performance, as well as an actor and writer. "Lifetime Supply" will have a run at IRT in Manhattan the last week in June. Other projects include her web series “Gwen and Mina’s Puppetopia”, and existential comedy project about snack foods called “Snak Storeez”, wrapping a role in Korean zombie film “Simbi Zombies”, and a site specific performance of “Given The Present” directed by Jimmy Maize at the BOSSS festival. www.neoncaviar.com
Jessi Hill (Director) recent and upcoming play development projects include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Labyrinth, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and many more. She has been a director in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Fordham University, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Long Island University, Powerhouse/NY Stage & Film, NYU/Tisch, and others. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Bucharest, Berlin and Hamburg. www.jessidhill.com